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Activation Missionary

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 3:47 pm
by caj36
My Stake President would like to call a couple as "activation missionaries." He would like them to focus on activating less-active members stake-wide. He has tasked me with the job of figuring out the proper vehicle to accomplish this. I have ruled out calling them as CSMs (Church-Service Missionaries), as this activity is specifically written out in Handbook 1 4.12.10.

Is there some other vehicle to accomplish this goal? I don't see an appropriate calling in the calling chart. Thoughts?

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 4:20 pm
by russellhltn
I know at one time there was a "Stake Missionary", but I don't see that in the Chart of Callings.

But I do see "Ward Missionary".

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 4:21 pm
by crislapi
Sounds like a custom calling in the stake to me.

What do you mean by "vehicle to accomplish this"? How to enter the calling in MLS or something else?

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:10 pm
by caj36
He would like them to be missionaries of some sort. He mentioned the addiction recovery workers are missionaries but I'm pretty sure that is a special thing through Family Services.

Based on what Handbook 2 says about activation, I'm not even sure a stake level calling is appropriate.

Any other ideas?

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 6:07 pm
by kisaac
crislapi wrote:Sounds like a custom calling in the stake to me.

What do you mean by "vehicle to accomplish this"? How to enter the calling in MLS or something else?

I also don't understand your question...
Your Stake MLS will certainly allow stake clerks to make a custom calling so that you may accomplish any calling your stake president wishes on the computer. If you are asking what might be the best "vehicle" to accomplish activation, that is much different question.

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 6:29 pm
by caj36
By vehicle I mean what nature of calling meets the goal of the stake president. I understand that a custom calling can be created in Mls. He would like them to be missionaries of some sort. Is there any problem with simply creating a "stake activation missionary" calling?

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 7:59 pm
by jdlessley
The stake president can create any calling he feels necessary. Entering it as he calls it in MLS as a custom position affects nothing I know about. The drive to have standard positions is done so that members with callings that have permissions tied to their calling for on-line system access will get the necessary access to fulfill their callings. Does the stake president want them to have access to any systems on-line?

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:21 pm
by allenjpl
caj36 wrote:My Stake President would like to call a couple as "activation missionaries." He would like them to focus on activating less-active members stake-wide. He has tasked me with the job of figuring out the proper vehicle to accomplish this. I have ruled out calling them as CSMs (Church-Service Missionaries), as this activity is specifically written out in Handbook 1 4.12.10.

Is there some other vehicle to accomplish this goal? I don't see an appropriate calling in the calling chart. Thoughts?


The correct calling would be "Ward Missionary," and should be extended by the couple's bishop. The Stake President can't call them as stake missionaries, because there is no stake mission. See the letters from the First Presidency on this topic, here and here. See also Handbook 2, 5.1 and 5.3, which pretty clearly sets out that the responsibility for missionary, retention, and reactivation efforts lies with the bishop, who reports and counsels regularly with the stake president. Section 4.12.10 just reiterates that local ward missionaries aren't called through the Church Service Missionary process. The Addiction Recovery missionaries are CSMs, and are called through that process.